Thursday, September 10, 2015

Diversion = $2. Hand Carved Wooden Artistic Find !

It was a rainy dreary Saturday in August.
I was on my way to the grocery ...and there it was... a sign. 
"Garage Sale Today " - with an arrow pointing down the street. 
I couldn't pass it up. I had to stop. 

I walked up to the sale - where my eyes became fixed on a piece of wood.
As I got closer, I realized it was a thick branch.  
I loved it. 
I had to know more. 
I asked the lady about it. She told me she had purchased it from a local farmer who apparently chisels wood during his down time. 

She used it on her farm table in a previous home. She has since moved and changed her decor to reflect a different look. 
She no longer had a home for it. 
Just so happens, I do!

It's so artistic! Oh my gosh!!! I could see it sitting on the long table in front of the window.
She had a $2. price tag on the piece. Oh yes she did! 

I'd like to say I swooped it up, but it has some weight to it! It's about 36" long and 6" deep. It's got to be over 10 pounds. It's definitely a  focal point piece. I love that it is hand carved!

I purchased some stones to place in the trough. ( it holds 2 1/2 bags !! )

Added tea lights. 

It's sitting on that  long table in the living room - just like I envisioned!!!
Looks so handsome. 

I'm going to change out the paisley table runner with a burlap runner.

I love it. 
So glad I stopped to find such an amazing treasure!

Summer is coming to a close. I didn't see much of it this year. It's been a challenging summer. Lots of "not fun-life stuff" to deal with. 
That's why junking is so much fun! It gives me a break from all the "not fun-life stuff" and allows me have a short vacation in the midst of it all. Being creative is another outlet for me when life gets too serious. It's nice to have a diversion. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I always - always appreciate your comments and the time you take to read the latest. Means so much!

Hope your last days of summer are filled with some fun diversions!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mr. Higgens Adventure - Summer of 2015

For those of you that keep up with me, you'll remember that my Mom and I had a cat. His name is Mr. Higgens. 

He loved my Mom. My Mom loved him. They were a good match. He made her laugh, a lot.  He is a goofball - silly boy!

It's a long story .... he was adopted by us ( Mom and I ) , shortly after we moved into the house in Franklin, Tn. It was "meant to be ". 

Several years later, after my dear sweet Momma was promoted to heaven , my life took a left hand turn. I moved back to Michigan . I had to find a new home for Higgens . 

I put out a plea on my facebook page regarding the situation,  hoping to find a home for him with someone I could trust.  

My dear sweet "animal loving - cousin" , Anne, responded. 

She offered to take him in. 
Anne lives in the area I relocated to. I was so excited (!!! ) and grateful !! ( I just couldn't handle handing him over to someone I didn't know or God forbid, to a shelter. It was an amazing prayer answered!!)

Anne and her husband have taken such good care of him for the last couple of years. Anne has been  an over the top cat mom to him. Hubby was in charge of play time.  Higgens LOVES play time!  

Then, in May .... Anne contacted me. She had some changes in her life . We needed to find another home for Mr. Higgen's. I immediately prayed . I knew God had a plan for him, but I had no idea what it would be. I posted a plea, again, on my facebook page.

To back up a bit ..... I had been posting photos of Higgens on my facebook business page at Entirely Apropos
Mr. Higgens started to get a lot of attention from a certain "Barbara" @ "A Beachside Dream". 
She would always comment about him. 
If I hadn't posted something about Higgens within a few weeks, Barbara was there inquiring -"How is that Mr. Higgens ? "
(Clearly, Mr. Higgens had wooed his way into her heart) 

Barbara and I became good friends from our business pages,  and then we started following each other on our personal pages.  

So, when I posted my need to find a new home for Higgens, Barbara was the first to inquire about him. 

She couldn't make the trip up to Michigan to get him, and I couldn't make the trip down south to deliver him.

That's when my dear - awesome sister-friend - Kari, stepped in. 

Kari is a cat lover. She has been a " Cat Aunt" to Mr. Higgens all these years. She has taken care of him while we were on vacation .... you get it. She is a devoted cat lover and friend. Loves Higgens.

She contacted me with an idea. Why don't we meet in Indiana ? I'll take  Higgens back to Nashville, and Barbara can pick him up there! 
I'm like.....Okay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So we did. 

June 27th, we ( Anne and I, with Mr. Higgens ) met Kari in Indiana. 
We had an amazing 24 hours together. 
Then, we said good bye to Kari and Mr. Higgens - as he traveled back with Aunt Kari, to the south , to meet his new Mom, Barbara. ( By the way... my Mom was also a "Barbara" and her middle name is Anne. Hmmmmm.  ) 

Barbara met Kari  and Higgens on Sunday the 28th - and away Higgens went to his new home in Mississippi !

Barbara has been posting lots of updates about Higgens on her personal page. He is doing great ! I'm so grateful !! Thank you, Barbara and Hubby  for taking in Mr. Higgens !

*Mwah* and  )))) GINORMOUS HUGS !! ((((( 
(I know my Mom is smiling down on you and so grateful for your love and special care for him)

None of this would have happened without Kari!!! ....thank you, Aunt Kari ! You are the best! Thank you thank you thank you !!!

Did I mention that June 27th is the anniversary of my Mom being promoted to heaven ? Yep. Fluke ? Not in my book. 
Pretty darn awesome. 
God is good. 

Last week, I came home from work- was a busy crazy day at my job. I just wanted to sit down and relax. 
I walked in the door, and the first thing I see is a package sitting on the island. Addressed to me - return address: Mr. Higgens and Family. ***  Oh My Gosh !!!!! *** 
I opened the fat bubble wrapped envelope and out came a card, 2 packages, Mr. H's old name tag and a dainty starfish. ( starfish  representing A Beachside Dream)

I opened the card...... ( cute as can be,card! )

Gah!! How over the top is this ?!!! Oh my gosh! The card alone was enough to send me to the kleenex box! 
But then, there is this ..... 

Oh my gosh! Barbara's business is hand made jewelry .... and guess what .... Anne and I each received one of these amazing sentimental pieces of "right from the heart, jewelry-love" !!  I will treasure the rest of my life! 

Mr. Higgens had no idea his life would be such an adventure. 
He is in a safe home with a dog that lets him rule the house. 
( I know, shocker. LOL )
He has a fabulous Mom and Dad, and a beautiful house to live in. 
What more could a cat want ?
He is very spoiled and well loved.
Isn't that a neat story? I think it's so awesome. 

One more shout out to Anne and  family - Kari -  Barbara and  her kind hearted Hubby!

I haven't started my painting project regarding the $4.99 piece of furniture I purchased a few weeks ago. 
( To read about it, click here )
I keep thinking about it .... but haven't had the time --- yet. 

Thanks for stopping by! ....and as always ...
thanks for your comments ! I appreciate you!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Talk soon.

Julie xoxo

Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Unexpected Find at my Favorite Thrift Store. She's a Beauty!

 I love creative fun up-cycle recycle projects .. and ... as you know ...  I love to go junkin'.

 I've tried to back off of the " junkin' - garage sale yard sale - fun " .  I already have an abundance of treasures I need to list in my eBay and Etsy stores.  ( Do you know how hard it is to pass up a garage sale ? Ugh! Breaks my heart, every time! hahahaha ! )

I have also tried to keep my creative projects at a minimum, as I'm struggling to finish my first creative task that I started months ago. 
That's just sad !!! 

Saying that. I have cheated a bit.  A junkin' girl has to have a little fun  once in a while....right ? 

I stopped at my favorite "honey hole thrift store".  I didn't really plan on treasure hunting. Just an innocent trip to the thrift store for some work clothes. 
I spent quite a bit of time going through racks and racks of clothes, didn't come up with much. Headed towards the check out , which is near the furniture area. 
* Oh. My. Word. * There she was....winking at me!!! Gah! 

I HAD to go over and say hello !!! 
I looked her over and then.......I saw the price tag. 

$4.99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Oh my gosh !!!! I quickly (well... it was more like : running to the cash register - sprint )  found an associate  - so that I could pay for her  !!! She was going home with me !!!

There was a  nice young man that helped me carry her to the car. ( She is solid wood! Heavy - solid wood! ) 
I mentioned that I couldn't believe she was still there. 
He said " Ma'am......we JUST put it on the sales floor ! " 
I then knew .... it was meant to be!!! 
I had been frustrated that I spent so much time shopping for clothes - only to find a little something  .... glad I didn't give up on the clothes ! I would have departed without ever seeing her!

Now, I know that you may think I'm a bit crazy for doing this. But. I'm going to paint over the roses / art work. I think the original artist did an amazing job. I feel bad painting over them .... however,  it doesn't match my decor. 

Here's to hoping I can get this project done before the snow flies. 
I'm excited to have her in my office one day. 
She will be perfect to replace another piece I am going to sell.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. 
Thanks for stopping by! Always always appreciated!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vintage Door Knobs and Hardware Finds & Hurry Up Spring!

It's been a drab Monday here in mid Michigan. 
Gray skies and 47 degrees. 
Apparently, Michigan did not got the memo that it is spring!

My Nashville Tennessee friends have been posting pics of their gardens on facebook the last few days. I'm having some " warm weather - spring where are you? " envy. ha!

I don't think I will be able to garden this year....however,  I will load up my little red wagon with herbs...when it warms up. 

The little red wagon is one of my favorite purchases  since being back in Michigan. 
I wrote a little something about it on the blog .
Click Here if you would like to read about the LRW. 

I've had the last few days off from my "other" job. 
I've been trying to hunker down to get more posted on my eBay and Etsy stores.

I picked up a box of lovely yummy vintage door knobs / hardware at a tag sale awhile back...well, a long while back.  ...... like when I lived in Tennessee - while back. haha! 

I was so excited when I found them! 
 As of today .... I managed to get them all listed!!! 
Yay me!!! 

I have no idea what the last piece is. I guess it must be a latch or knob ? Thought it might be fun for someone that recycles - re-purposes. Already has that chippy thing going on! 

More of the listings are here in my eBay store : Click Here , if you would like to see them. Thanks!

I managed to get a few more pieces of trim listed on Etsy. You can view my store here, if you would like to see the latest goodies : Click Here

Thank you for your comments and stopping by to check in. 
Means so much to me! Thank you thank you!

I also want to thank you for contacting me to notify me of my blog issue.
 Somehow I added Google + to my blog - gah! 
Therefore, many of you couldn't respond or leave a comment!
I remember looking around on it, but I didn't recall clicking the  - "yes, I'd like to have google + added to my blog"- button. I must have done something ! Took me awhile to figure out how to take it off...hopefully it is all back to normal and you can leave a comment. Don't you hate it when something like that happens ?  Oy! 

I hope you are enjoying your spring! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lace Trim and Vintage Hankies

It's a drizzly day here in the mid Michigan area.
Kinda cold and doesn't quite feel like spring yet.
Grateful it isn't snowing.... ha! ( I say that very carefully , 'cause it could . ) 

I've been working on paperwork the last week or so. Not my favorite thing to do. 
I'd much rather be junkin', painting, creating or listing something to sell. 

I'm trying to embrace paperwork - as it is something that we all have to deal with .... but I find myself easily distracted when working on it. (example :  posting a little something on the blog. ..... I have to chuckle at myself !)

Thought I'd take a moment and share with you some of my lace trim finds from last summer.
First of all I would like to establish that I do not sew. I have thought many times about trying it ( again ) ....maybe at an older age I would have more patience than I did when I tried it 100 years ago. *wink*  It's tempting to try again....but as of today, I do not own a sewing machine. 

Saying that, I am highly attracted to sewing articles when out junking / treasure hunting. Vintage or new .... I usually buy it. ( I think it is a little strange that I'm so attracted to it since I don't sew!?  ) 

Anyway ..... I came across a box of lace trim last summer at a tag sale. I couldn't pass it up. It was a great price.

I finally pulled it out last month and went through it. There was much more  than what I had originally thought. Fun!!!

I began listing several pieces  in my Etsy store. I didn't get through all of it, but I made a dent. I have much more to dig out to sell.

Here are some of the listings....

and one more....

I also listed some vintage hankies.... they were some I found at a sale right around the corner from where I live. At a FARM!  I love going to farm sales. I always find treasures! 

You can view all of these in my Etsy Store.  

I also came across this hand towel. Cracks me up!!! 
"Chicken n Wine"

This is for sale in my eBay store.

That's all for now. 
I'd better get back to my .... well,  you know ..... the "p" word.

Enjoy your day!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

 Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Etsy Coupon Code for Entirely Apropos and Bird Watching!

Happy February 4th!
It's so nice to be back on the blog, even if it's just for a moment. I have missed being here. 

I was looking over my last post which was from November. I had just started my seasonal job working at one of our favorite craft stores.

I'm happy tor report, I made it. Was a little rusty as it has been 15 years since I've done this. But. I did it! 

They've asked me to stay on at a part time level. I said yes. I was honored to be asked. 

Things have slowed down now and I'm back to listing on eBay - and - re-opened my Etsy store.  
I thought I'd celebrate by offering a 20% discount in the Etsy Store!
 Minimum purchase of $8. 
Coupon code : "Entirelyapropossale" ( it always looks so chaotic when placing 3 words together. I probably should have thought of one word. Too late.  ) 
Good through the month of February 2015.

Feel free to share the code with anyone. I appreciate you passing it along.

Link to Etsy Store ; Click Here 

I've been enjoying feeding the birds.
I've had a Downy show up and my first Cardinal! 
( Didn't have the camera near by to capture the Cardinal. It was an exciting moment ! )

The Goldfinch family went for a ride on their feeder. The wind was blowing ....they hung on and didn't let it stop them from their lunch. ha! 
They are so cute!

I have several Sparrows that show up along with the Junco's.
They are so precious to watch.

Thats all for now.
I need to get back to listing more goodies!

Have a good day!

Happy Treasure Hunting....and Thank You for stopping by. Always always means so much!

Hugs, Julie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress and Change.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" - George Bernard Shaw

Change change change. That has become the regular in my life and I'm sure in your life as well. Life is full of change. 

After moving back to Michigan. I tried to get my junkin' business back up and running. I experienced some failures. Some of the failures have to do with me. Some of the failures have to do with not being able to find my niche. 
Nothing seemed to be working. 
So, after accepting it ( which took me awhile ) - I took on a part time job (in March). 
I continued to sell on line, but it just wasn't going as I had hoped.

I recently was offered another position for the Christmas season working at one of the craft stores we all love to shop at. 
I have been working more hours and learning how to run a cash register ( again ). I'm also building up my stamina regarding standing on my feet for several hours at a time.

I have to say, I feel old. oy!

At this point, I  have my eBay store up and running...but I've put my Etsy store on hold. Not enough time or energy to keep them both going.

I took some time yesterday and added a few auctions to my store. Mostly Christmas merchandise.
One of my favorites for the week is this vintage Christmas pillowcase. ( You can view the auction here: Vintage Christmas Pillowcase - Jolly Santa! )

The other is this Hallmark Wizard of Oz ornament. 
( Click on this Link to see the ornament :  Wizard of Oz Hallmark Ornament )

Life is full of twists and turns. I'm trying to remind myself that I'm on an adventure.... but I'm ready for the journey to sort itself out and become more of a lifestyle instead of a roller-coaster ride. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

Hope you enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping by. 
Always always appreciated!!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

He Asked, and I Said Yes!

A long time ago - a young lady met a young man.
They were introduced through some mutual friends... and that's how their friendship began.

The young lady had a bit of a spirit about her. A spirit to travel and experience other areas and regions...and so she did. 
She traveled for 28 years. She lived in some wonderful places and met amazing friends.

All the while she and this young man stayed in touch  and built their friendship.

Life took some twists and turns. The lady  was ready for another adventure. She took a leap of faith and moved back to the starting place that the young man and woman met. 

That is how Mike and I met....and in a nutshell, our story. 

We've been enjoying our time together the last year and a half. Making new memories.

Last Sunday, the 19th of October.... our life took a turn. 

We were invited to a harvest festival at a farm. 
We were to meet some friends there early, to spend some time with them prior to the festival.

We arrived early. Immediately , were invited to take a hay ride - prior to the event starting.

 So Mike and I jumped up on the trailer ( well, we didn't exactly jump up - we were helped up ! ha!  ) and then we took off, with our friend Trav. driving the tractor ahead. 

I asked Mike why Leona and Dan weren't with us? Thought we were meeting them early? Why were they waiving at us as we were pulling out of the parking lot? Why weren't they with us ? What's up with that? Questions - questions!!! 

After a few minutes , we had gone down a path that lead to the woods. Trav stopped the trailer and pointed out  a place in the midst of the area that would be great for a photo op. I love to take photos and the leaves were in  fall bloom! 

Mike and I headed to the location which was pointed out ...  but again .... I couldn't help ask .... where is everyone and are they trying to get rid of us? hahahahhaa! Mike didn't have any answers....he was just as confused as I was. ( *wink*)

I decided to go with it. Take photos. Enjoy the moment!  

The woods were quiet, the fall leaves were amazing  and the sunlight was peeking through the trees. I started shooting some photos. 

We continued to walk ... Mike pointed out an old beat up  metal box that was sitting on a stump. It was stamped "United States Air Force", and was basically in pieces. 

Then we looked down from the stump and there was this very cool vintage box .
It had dirt and  leaves over the top of it. 
It looked like it had been there for a while. 

Now, as much as I love a good vintage box .... I know anything that has been sitting out in the woods for a while, might house a snake or two ...or a small critter of some kind. I was interested in the box, but opening it wasn't something I felt comfortable with. 

Mike began  to clean the top of it off, and now I was  REALLY crushing on the box.
 However - still very concerned about what might be inside. 
I tried to warn Mike, he ignored me. ( typical ha! )

I braced myself for something that might come lunging out ... and to my "over the top shock - surprise" .... this is what was revealed :

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first thing my eyes went to was the wine bottle that read " Will You Marry Me?" I was so shocked - all I could do was cry. I was so overwhelmed!

I cried. I hugged Mike and then I couldn't stop crying. (Do you know the man even remembered to bring  kleenex?!  )

Mike made it all so special. 
I found out later, he and Leona had gone vintage shopping earlier in the week. 
They found 2 beautiful wine goblets which are etched in a lacy pattern. ( LOVE! )
A vintage wool blanket and a heart shaped silver ring box. ... and the very awesome box!  

I don't have words for the ring. Stunning is what comes to mind.
The ring belonged to his Grandmother. 
Mike had his jeweler friend ( thank you, Tim! ) remove one of the stones and replace it with a stone from Mike's Mother's ring. 
I'm honored to wear it. So very honored

Mike had a pumpkin hiding behind a rock which he pulled out when Trav returned to pick us up.

So, the young lady and the young man ( who weren't as young as they once were ) decided to set out on a journey together. 
They are grateful for the friendship which started all those years ago. 

One more note:
I later found out that Dan, Leona and Trav  helped with all the props and placed them in the woods,  just moments before we arrived. Including the ring. 
Trav was our driver. 

Thank you , Dan, Leona and Trav - you made the day so very very  special. 
I'll never forget it. xoxoxo

I have more things to share with you, but couldn't wait to share this with you first!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you being here and your comments. Always always always , means so much!

Hugs and Love,

Happy Treasure Hunting! xo